Open Range

Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 PM CT on HPPR

Open Range could bring to mind images of campfires, cowboys, wide open spaces, and endless skies… but here on HPPR, it means the freedom to roam musical airwaves without boundaries or fences. Wherever you find yourself, it's the perfect companion. High Plains Public Radio's own Stephen Johnson weaves music as diverse as the colors of a tapestry into a beautiful soundtrack. The pallet could have the shades of classic Ella Fitzgerald, the hues of contemporary soulful Amanda Marshall, tints of poet Lyle Lovett, the rugged dyes of Bruce Springsteen, or perhaps even the soft watercolor twang of Hank Thompson. Open Range has one guiding thread, and that is great music.

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Punko de Mayo is TOMORROW, folks! Punk and Disorderly, High Plains Public Radio's latest regional music program, comes to you for one-hour every Saturday night (well, Sunday morning) and is dedicated to all things punk rock.

Plus, Bryan joins Steve Johnson on Open Range on Saturday at 2p CT. 

Lynn Phipps has finally made it back to her hometown of Canyon, Texas—and she brought her partner, Joe DeLeon. Thankfully, they've also brought along their guitars, banjo, harmonicas, and vocal harmonies (though they seem to have forgotten their guitar picks). 

Don't miss my interview with co-founder and drummer for Kansas, Phil Ehart. We talk about touring, keeping a the music fresh after 40+ years, and he attempts to answer a question I've had for years: "What the heck IS 'prog rock?'" [Spoiler alert: He's not quite sure.]

"Open Range" this week features two great Ry Cooder-produced cuts: Buena Vista Social Club's "Chan Chan" and "I'll Be Rested" from the great Mavis Staples. Also, new music from Johnnie Lang and London Grammar. As an added bonus, local poet Ms. G. Dunbar will be reading from her work.

This week I'll be hosting "Open Range" live with Cindee Talley as part of our Summer Mini-Drive. I can't give you a playlist this time, beacuse Cindee and I  rather enjoy surprising each other! One of the reasons I love doing this show is that it not only allows, but welcomes surprises. 

Mix your Margaritas and hang the hammocks! We're escaping these long, hot days with a little cool down retreat on "Open Range." We'll be joined by Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr....and even Robert Mitchum! The B52's convey the horrors of "Party Gone Out of Bounds," and we'll join Peruvian Princess Yma Sumac on "Huachina(Enchanted Lake)" and the Buena Vista Social Club promises a visit! Saturday 3pm CT repeated at Midnight.

It's Memorial Day Weekend and there's an abundance of wonderful music to celebrate with on Open Range. We'll be hearing from Savage Garden, Joni Mitchell, Flobots, Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet, Bette Midler and a slew of others. Also, we thank the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces with songs from Trace Adkins and Michael Feinstein. See you Saturday! 3pm CT repeated at Midnight.

There's an hour's worth of righteous records lined up for "Open Range" this Saturday. In addition to Eartha and Eminem, we'll hear from the Church, Sheryl Crow, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, Ben Taylor and others... Rod Stewart begins the show with a cut from his brand-new Capitol CD, "Time." Saturday 3pm CT repeated at Midnight.

Hi, Friends...While preparing this week's program I encountered a couple of CD's well worth checking out...With his brand new release on Rounder Records, Tom Jones reinvents himself completely as he confronts the "Spirit in the Room." Jones covers Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Bob Dylan and others as if every word were etched on his soul and each  note on this disc is right as rain.  Next is  an older (1996 ) Nonesuch Records release,  in which  jazz pianist Fred Hersch presents a dazzling collection of Billy Strayhorn tunes titled "Passion Flower-Fred Hersch Plays Billy Strayhorn" that range from